Batteries problem with Fuji FinePix s602Z

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Tux, Jan 20, 2004.

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    Tux Guest

    Has anybody seen this kind of problem
    with Fuji Finepix s602 Zoom: camera discharges
    1 (one) of 4 NiMH batteries down to "0V" (even
    with polarity exchange), if camera is leaved for 5-6
    days? The rest of batteries are almost full.
    At least my camera does.
    And all the time same battery's bay.

    I've tested it with 3 sets of NiMH, tried to
    rotate them with different bays - nothing, same bay.

    If I use CF Type card inside, the result is worse.

    Best regards,
    Tux, Jan 20, 2004
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  2. It sounds like a faulty camera to me, although I don't know that model
    from personal experience.

    David J Taylor, Jan 20, 2004
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    Bill Guest

    I have the same camera, and I have not had that problem. Maybe the
    contact(s) in that bay are dirty. Otherwise it sounds like a repair problem,
    since you said it's only the battery in that one bay, and happens with all 3
    sets of batteries.

    Bill, Jan 20, 2004
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    nobody Guest

    Hi Vitali
    This is a 'Known problem'. Have a browse of the Fuji Forum at and read all about it.
    Sadly I seem to remember there may be no easy solution but to have a fight
    with Fuji to correct it.
    From memory I think the problem is a short once the battery door is closed,
    possibly due to poor design.
    nobody, Jan 20, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    Hi Bill,
    I've took the professional multimeter today
    and going to meausure current's leaking
    from the contact.
    Sounds a bit stupid. I very like this camera,
    and don't want to change it.

    Vitali, Jan 20, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    According to the phorum,
    this is a "well-known" problem for s602-s7000.
    I'm waiting for the last test - new set of
    full charged NiMH batteries, camera is turned off,
    SmartMedia card only installed. I'm going to check
    the batteries after 5 days of "standby".
    Seems that it's a camera's fault. Anyway, I can't
    understand, how it is possible to discharge 1
    battery from the serial chain of 4.

    Vitali, Jan 20, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    Hi Jerry,
    Yes, I remember a lot of threads at Dpreview.
    Oh, battery door. I very like s602, but this stupid bug.
    Ok, I'll try to fight the Fuji and Nomatica support.

    Vitali, Jan 20, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Unless they've tapped off one cell for a source of
    1.2 volts for some other purpose, like maintaining
    settings in memory?

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Jan 20, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    Hi Ken,
    Yes, camera uses batteries somehow, because I've
    measured current in "power-off" state - about 0.4 mA.
    Probably for the RealTime Clock chip.
    But there is no visible extra wires from certain
    battery (bay) - how it possible to discharge only
    this one?

    Vitali, Jan 20, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    That seems like a lot of current. I have no Fuji;
    only a few Olympus's. I just checked each of them
    with fully charged batteries. 200uv (200 microvolts)
    shows nothing, just .0000...

    But even if that is the "fault", it might explain
    a shorter than expected shelf life in the camera,
    but not one cell alone going down.

    My neighbor got a Fuji for Christmas. I don't know
    which model. It's too late here in Winnipeg Canada
    now, but I'll ask them tomorrow evening if I may
    check the turned off current.

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Jan 21, 2004
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    Canopus Guest

    I've been seeing the same thing with my S602Z. I couldn't understand it,
    thought it was a battery problem and that I had a bad batch of batteries so
    bought new ones. Then it persisted so I thought it was a charger problem so
    got a new charger. Still noticed it so started marking the discharged
    battery to see if it always cropped up in the same's the camera. Problem now is that my smart charger likes all the
    batteries to be approximately discharged to the same level, OK if I'm using
    the camera intensely, but, a pain in the @$$ during photography lulls unless
    I remove the batteries and loose all my settings and time.

    I mean Jeez, I have clocks etc. that keep perfect time for years on one AA
    battery yet this camera gets through one in about a week if not less just to
    preserve settings and time!!!

    Canopus, Jan 21, 2004
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    Canopus Guest

    Typical, I haven't used my camera for a couple of weeks, just turned it on
    and OK. Just checked the batteries with a meter and again all show good
    charge to same level, yet, I'm not imagining what's happening. However,
    battery test meters are not the best way to check on batteries unless a load
    is applied and tend to indicate only batteries that are completely
    discharged so I'll play with the camera for a bit and report back about
    which cell went down first.

    Canopus, Jan 22, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    Vitali, Jan 22, 2004
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    Vitali Guest

    Vitali, Jan 22, 2004
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